Cinco De Mayo is here and, if you love Mexican food as much as I do, you might be contemplating throwing a little fiesta in honor of the occasion. Look no further than the fajita, a deliciously simple iteration of spiced grilled meat on a tortilla, that just so happens to be my favorite. So, I've put together some tips and tricks for how to throw a Cinco De Mayo fajita party this year.
Cinco De Mayo is not, as many incorrectly assume, Mexican Independence Day. Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on Sept. 16. This Thursday, Mexican families (and those who know and love them) will celebrate the victory of the Mexican army over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Where I live in L.A., Mexican food and culture are everywhere — from the taco cart that my neighbor runs from his front porch to the giant Oaxacan warehouse space that serves up crispy fried crickets and the best mole ever conceived. The family across the street from me will undoubtedly host a party of family and friends for a night of dancing to a live mariachi band, as they do every year, and I will open the windows and enjoy the tunes late into the night, all with a large bowl of guacamole and some delicious fajitas.
Here are some things that will help you assemble the greatest fajita feast of your life.
1. Sharpen your cutlery
2. Assemble your gadgets
3. Prep your marinade or dry rub
4. Make yourself a drink
5. Track down your favorite fajita cookware
1. The Best Steak Fajitas
FoodieCrush has a guest recipe for steak fajitas by Laurie Simply Scratch with a divine homemade fajita spice blend that perfectly complements the delicious red meat. Add your favorite colors of bell peppers for an eye-popping presentation.
2. Portobello Fajitas
Simply Scratch strikes again for this vegan-friendly mushroom fajita recipe garnished with gorgeous yellow tomatoes.
3. Shrimp Fajitas
4. Chicken Fajitas with Cheesy Enchilada Rice
5. Hawaiian Pork Fajitas With Pineapple Slaw
Yes yes yes yes. I want these right now. Half Baked Harvest has you covered on this recipe from the coconut rice to the homemade pineapple slaw.
Happy Cinco De Mayo, everybody!